PCOS Diet Battle

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Have you tried South Beach? It worked (somewhat) for me, and it’s basically cutting out the carbs and sugar, which is what’s suggested for PCOS as well. The first two weeks are hard, but I felt so much better. Cutting away a lot of gluten has helped as well.

At the gym, I try to do a mix of intense cardio and weights, plus I walk ~2-3 miles 1x a week. My doctor told me exercise will help balance my hormones even if I don’t lose a pound. I lost a bit of weight for my wedding through intense exercise 2-3 times a week, but we’re talking like maybe 5lbs – but I’m 5’2″, so that’s a visible amount.

The other thing that has helped me recently was the app “My Fitness Pal” for food tracking. It helps me make better choices, and I learned that on average, I only eat 1600 calories a day without “dieting”, so I don’t really need to eat less, tho I do need to exercise more.

One thing tho – for South Beach, PCOS diet, whatever, you really need to a) learn to cook and b) make time for it. If you’re bored, you’ll cheat. If you cook, you can discover new dishes and flavors and foods that you love and are still good for you. My personal new favorite has become squash – spagghetti squash, zucchini, eggplants… I never really ate them before, but they’re all great carb replacements. Spaghetti squash lasagna boats are amazeballs.

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